How to become a Utah Resident

To become a Utah resident there are a few important things to know, so if you are moving to Utah State and, furthermore if you want to have local tuition rates, keep reading.

To become a Utah resident and make it official has its perks, but there are some legal standards that you have to fulfill, the main one its time, so be aware that you are facing moving for more than one year, that it’s going to be the most important thing on the requirements list.

You have to know that there are a few standard requirements to start up the process. First of all, you have to be a United States citizen, have been granted legal immigrant or permanent U.S resident status or have been granted asylum or refugee status under the U.S immigration law.

Living in Utah for twelve months

Living in Utah for twelve months


Utah’s officials have to have a way to prove that you indeed want to become a Utah resident and there are a ways to do so, such as:

  • Rental contracts
  • Gym membership
  • Library card
  • Mortgage bills
  • Pay stubs or utility bills (for twelve continuous months)
  • Major credit card bills that are dated within 60 days
  • Property tax notice with the statement or receipt dated within one year
  • Court documents
  • In addition, you can provide a letter from your employer, ratifying your presence for a year

The letter must be dated, include your name, Utah address and the date that you started working and must have a company’s official signature.

You have to have in consideration that you must not leave the State for more than a 30 days period. In case that you are applying to get your residency for in-state tuition rates, the twelve year period has to be prior to the first day of class (R512:5.3.1).

Be financially independent to become a Utah resident

To get your paperwork on that, you will have to include the first two pages of the most recent tax return (Form 1040) and Utah state tax return (Form TC-40).

In case you are single, 24 years old or younger and you did not file a federal tax return, you have supplied your parents most recent tax return and Utah’s state tax returns (your parents social security numbers and amounts can be blocked out), the students social security number has to remain (R512:4.11).

You cannot use a W-2 form to verify your financial independence.

Become a Utah resident by relinquishing residency in any other state

Become a Utah residency by relinquish residency in any other state

Supply a copy of a current Utah driver’s license

Steps to get your driver’s license:

  • Make an appointment in a driver license office or on the Web site
  • Fill out the application (you can do it online and also if you walk in a driver license office)
  • Get your photo taken
  • Submit proof of your education as a driver (your driver’s license from another state will work as well)
  • Supply proof of identity, social security number and two (2) documents of your Utah address. Visit this site for required documentation
  • Take the eye (vision) test
  • Pass the written test and the driving skills exam (they will let you know which one will be required)
  • Pay the fee of $32 (If you are 21 or older) $39 (If you are 20 or under age)

There are considerations to take into account, for example: Faxed or photocopied documents are not accepted by the driver license office. The documents will be imaged and stored in a database and at the end of the process will be returned to you.

Another consideration is that the approval of the documentation may not occur on the same day, therefore the applicant will have to return for another visit.

If your documentation is in another language, you have to deliver a certificate translation, from a translator approved by the division’s translator.

The original of the translation is the document to be considered for identification purposes.

In case that the appearing in the identity card, previous driver’s license or passport is different, you will have to supply the legal document that authorizes the name change. This exception includes adoption papers, marriage certificate, divorce decree, citizenship, and guardianship.

Social Security verification

One of the documents requested is the social security verification that is issued by the U.S government. But, if you don’t have it available at the time, you can provide other documents that contain the Social Security number and your name as:

  1. A W-2 form
  2. Non-SSA-1099 form
  3. SSA-1099 form
  4. Pay stub that shows the applicant’s name a Social Security number

In all of these cases, no photocopies are allowed.

If you are requesting a “veteran” indicator in your certification, you must supply proof of honorary discharge a DD214 or Record/Notice of Separation for WWII Veterans.

Provide the documentation of a current Utah vehicle registration

In case you are a student does and you don’t own the vehicle you are driving, the officials will require the submission to check if they are not listed on the registration.

If you are a student qualifying for residency for tuition purposes, these submissions will be showing that you have established yourself to live in Utah and will be your permanent residence State.

Relinquishing ties with other states probes your intention of moving permanently to Utah. The link to review the policies can be found here https:

You can register to vote in Utah

You can register to vote in Utah

There is also another way to prove that you will become a Utah resident if you register to vote in the State. Use this Web to do so Online:

Nonetheless, in the case that you are not registered to vote in any other state and you do not want to register in Utah either, you have to indicate about your decision in the application form to become a Utah resident.

How to become a Utah resident for Non-Citizens

When you are foreign there are specific cases as:

  • You have been granted legal alien or residency
  • Resident status or have obtained asylum or refugee status under U.S. immigration law
  • You are classified for purposes of resident status according to the same standards applicable to U.S. citizens
  • These cases should verify their statuses with the residency officer an application and submit the paperwork.

24 thoughts on “How to become a Utah Resident”

  1. I own a home in California, but would like to move to Utah and become a resident. I do not want to sell my home in California, but want to rent it out. I have a 5th wheel and travel quite a bit also. I am retired have retirement from my Air Force pension, Universary of California pension, SS, and another small source of income. I will have medicare in 1 month. I am not looking to further my education so will not be attending any schools where I need tution. Is it possible to become a resident and still own a home in another state?

    • Hi, Carol! Yes, it is possible, the main thing to get the residency is to live at least 12 or more continuous months in Utah and then provide proof that you stayed that time and that you want to become a resident. In the article, we mentioned things like your pay stubs or utility bills (for twelve continuous months), major credit card bills that are dated within 60 days, a gym membership, etc.

      Then, proceed with your Social Security verification, Utah vehicle registration, and registration to vote.

    • Carol,
      I am EXACTLY like you – Retired, CalTeachers Pension. Where will my pension income be taxed? It’s issued in CA, but I’ll be living in Utah? Which state will tax this income? (State tax is less in UT).

  2. I’m not from United state and I live in Utah for 12 years and I want to become a permanent resident what to I need and where do I apply for my card ?

    • Hi, Rino! The steps we mentioned in the article are for US residents, if you are not, you should verify your statuses with your residency officer and he or she will explain how to apply and submit the paperwork.

  3. Hi, this may seem like a dumb question but I have been doing a lot of research and have nothing to help me. So I am ready to apply for residency here in Utah but where do I do that? Is there an official government link that I can use to fill out an application? Where do I turn all these documents in?

    • Hi, Lacie! Each one of the documents and requirements we mentioned, will be requested to the specific institution they are related to. The main 3 things you must complete are: voter’s registration, driver’s license, and vehicle registration.

      For your voter’s registration, you can do it online:
      For your driver’s license, make an appointment in a driver’s license office here: driver’s license division of the Utah Department of Public Safety and follow the steps we mentioned in the article.
      For your vehicle registration, check here:

  4. Hi! I moved to Utah in September 2019, and I’ve been living here ever since. I started going to school in August 2020. I got a legacy scholarship for in-state tuition for this school year (2020-2021), but after `1 year you either have to establish residency or pay more. I am wondering if there may be something I can do to establish residency, since I moved here 11 months before I started school. Basically, I need to establish residency but I also need to go to school; is there any way to do that?

    • Hi Alanna! The main thing to get the residency is to live at least 12 or more continuous months in Utah and then provide proof that you stayed that time and that you want to become a resident. Once you reach the 12 months, you must complete 3 things:

      For your voter’s registration, you can do it online:
      For your driver’s license, make an appointment in a driver’s license office here: driver’s license division of the Utah Department of Public Safety and follow the steps we mentioned in the article.
      For your vehicle registration, check here:

  5. Hello,
    My son is wanting to become a Utah resident in his 2nd year. He will be driving my car while going to school and I am in WA state. Does he need to have registration in his name or just a drivers license? He would register to vote in UT and is a US citizen.

    • Hi, Tania! Your son is exempt from registering the vehicle with the Utah DMV if he is an out-of-state, full-time student studying at any Utah university, college, or any other accredited place of higher learning. However, if he plans to become a resident and stay there, he should make the registration once he has permanent residence or reside in the state for 6 months.

  6. Hi there,

    My son is a college student in the state of Utah. He is going into his second year and would like to establish residency for tuition purpose of course. There is a lot of talk about getting a driver’s license to establish residency? Can he just get a Utah State Identification card instead and not have to give up his driver’s license from his original state? – Thank you in advance for your hlep.

    • Hi, Jim! It is exactly as you said. According to the portal of the Utah Department of Public Safety ( “Effective July 1, 2012: it is against the law to possess both a Utah driver license and Utah identification card.” So, if he already has a Utah State Identification Card, he’s fine.

  7. Hi, I am US citizen and lived abroad from the age of 3, I’m returning to US, to the state of Utah now and currently not a resident of any state in the US, do the above steps work out for me ?

  8. We own a home in California and Utah, we would like to apply for Utah residency. As a nurse working three 12 hour shifts/week allows me a lot of flexibility. I cluster my days together and can spend the majority of the time in Utah. Any suggestions?

  9. Where do you apply for residency once you have done the main 3 things. Where do you go to apply for residency I cant find anything other then the steps you need to do before. And nothing for the link or where to go once your done to actually get residency.????

    Also I am a resident for many years but got married to a California and she is moving here. Does she still have to live here for 12 months?

  10. We are currently Utah residents and will be moving to Florida. I was told we need to remove our residency status from Utah but no where can I find out how to do that. We will be moving in October, 2021 for health reasons.

  11. Hi!

    So I see the three main steps that we need to take (voter registration, driver’s license, and vehicle registration), but is there any application that I would need to fill out for residency? If not, how do you report that you’ve lived in Utah for 12 months and that you’re financially independent? Where would I provide proof for that?

    Thanks for your help.


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